Yes, mine broke at the front of the spring. Axle went sideways, trailer went sideways and boat went upside down along the road. Luckily it was middle of the night and no traffic. Boat was an aluminum Duracraft and was no worse for wear, it did lean a little after that on plane. Only busted the cowling and broke the top plug on the Merc 50 but she ran for years after that.